A weekly update of stories previously reported
Twenty months ago: State trooper fatally shoots man with gun in Bridgeton
A 33-year-old man was fatally shot by a state trooper in Bridgeton on May 25, 2011, when police wanted to question Willie Gibbons, of the Seabrook section of Upper Deerfield Township, about an alleged domestic violence incident, according to the state Attorney General’s Office.
Gibbons, who had a history of violence with the female victim, was armed with a 9 mm handgun when he was shot two times by a trooper on Burlington Road near Irving Avenue, the office said.
Office spokesman Peter Aseltine said the study by the office’s Shooting Response Team determined the use of force was justified. The head of the Division of Criminal Justice signed off on the findings in May.
Aseltine declined to discuss specifics of the report but said the fact that Gibbons had a gun was a key factor in the decision.
The identity of the trooper was not released.
Eleven months ago: CRDA approves master plan for Tourism District
When the state created the Tourism District to improve Atlantic City as a destination for visitors, it also set standards for how the resort would look.
On Feb. 1, the directors on the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority’s board approved the district’s master plan.
The new codes included eliminating steel security doors fronting most storefronts along Atlantic and Pacific avenues, camouflaging adult-oriented businesses, and renovating casino parking garages so they can offer street-accessible retail space along some beach blocks and parts of Pacific Avenue.
But Mayor Lorenzo Langford, who sits on the CRDA’s board, said the authority was unhappy about the quality of inspections and wanted more code enforcement in the district.
At its Dec. 27 meeting, Atlantic City Council approved a plan to hire two contractors to perform code enforcement in the Tourism District.
The CRDA will give the city the money to hire the professionals and the city will not have to pay them benefits, Langford said. This will free up the city’s current inspectors so they can enforce codes in other parts of the city, he said.
The CRDA referred questions to the city for the project.
One year ago: Atlantic County withdraws from South Jersey Economic Development District
Upon learning the SJEDD, which serves Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Salem counties, had not paid its contractors for the NextGen Aviation Research and Technology Park, had racked up more than $1 million in debt, and that audits had not been completed in two years, Atlantic County withdrew from the district in January 2012.
The county rejoined the SJEDD in August — four months after Executive Director Gordon Dahl was dismissed via a vote of no confidence — with the completion of a 2012 audit among the conditions.
The audit will be released at Monday’s board meeting at 6 p.m. at Cumberland County College in Vineland.
Howard Kyle, chief of staff to Atlantic County Executive Dennis Levinson, said the audit report will show several problems, including gross mismanagement and overexpenditures of funds.
“Assume the worst,” he told the Atlantic County freeholders at Tuesday’s meeting. “Assume the audit will be horrendous.”
The four counties are responsible for the district’s debt and are working on a plan to pay it off.
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